Purple Magic Lesson 1

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Lesson #1

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Welcome back! It's going to be an amazing 3rd and final year!

I just wanted to remind you all that I'm looking for 10 tally marks on each song (which will be 2/day for 5 days). Please do not practice one day a week. I will not count the practice if it's not at least 4 days out of the week. I know how busy things get sometimes, but daily practice is the only way to build the finger strength and muscle (as well as brain) memory. That is why I will incentivize daily practice, and not marathon 1x/week practice. :)

If your child is rusty on the note names, encourage them to do some daily review with the alphabet pieces game from last year until they're back up to speed. Are they using the correct fingerings for the chords? Double check that as well and nip any bad habits in the bud. Let me know if you need any help or clarification.

For practice incentive this semester, we're doing GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM HOME! You know what will motivate your child, so just send me 4 ideas of exciting things for them to work toward. Here are some things I've seen over the years if you need some inspiration:

* 5 minutes extra screen time
* treat of choice at QT
* you pick dinner
* date night with dad
* $5 gift card

* all the way to Sports Connection afternoon and Soccer Goalie Net for the yard...


And DON'T forget to listen to the music! It's particularly important to know those lyrics this year!

You should have your Purple Magic tracks in the LPM app at this point. Please let me know if you have any issues with that, and did I mention that you should be listening a TON? ;)

Here's a video link that will help with Scale Out and In if you're struggling.

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Treble, Bass, Line and Space

Time to learn all the note names on the staff! This song also teaches countermelody ( a secondary melody played against a primary melody) and helps your student sing in 4 part harmony.

Bounce & Roll

Complete musicianship is more than knowing WHICH notes to play. We are now ready to add another dimension of HOW to play the notes. This song allows us to 'physically' know and understand the articulations of staccato and legato. Articulation refers to the musical performance technique that affects the transition or continuity on a single note, or between multiple notes or sounds. 


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As you start out this year, check out this practice tip from our Let's Play Music Blog. Here's a little 'practice humor' for you, and just for fun I have attached some fun coloring pages. Just print them off and color as you listen to our new "Royal Problem" puppet show (click the link below to download)! Can you hear the characters that you are coloring?